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Fairview mayor switches councilors on committees

Council President Lisa Barton Mullins said she intends to run for mayor


Every year, the mayor of Fairview reevaluates the positions councilors hold as liaisons on the city’s government committees.

At a work session last Wednesday, Mayor Mike Weatherby presented his decisions to the six councilors.

Councilor Ken Quinby was removed from his position on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and was replaced by Council President Lisa Barton Mullins.

Barton Mullins was pulled off two committees, the Audit Committee and the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization Policy Committee.

Weatherby’s reason for taking Quinby off the parks committee was unclear, but he said it was part of a rotation process that happens every year. “It wasn’t because he hadn’t been doing a good job,” he said.

Quinby expressed his disappointment with the move.

“I’m just beyond baffled,” he said. “After I get Park Cleone, to jerk me off a committee that got anything accomplished, and we did it for the kids.”

Quinby cited the renovation of Fairview’s Park Cleone, which he spearheaded, as one of the only three goals the City Council has accomplished from a list of goals it meant to accomplish this year.

Weatherby moved to appoint Quinby to the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization Policy Committee, but Quinby said he wants nothing to do with it.

As liaisons to a committee, councilors do not have to accept the change, Weatherby said.

Quinby said the mayor’s decision to replace him was a political move.

“He’s helping Barton Mullins build her resume,” he said. “She’s running for mayor next year in Fairview.”

Barton Mullins said she certainly hasn’t kept it a secret that it has been her intention the past couple of years to run for mayor.

“At this point, I would like to run for mayor,” she said.

As for her new position on the parks committee, she said, “I’m thrilled to be the liaison of a committee that’s actually Fairview-driven.”

While she serves on the Metro Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, East Metro Economic Alliance and East Multnomah County Transportation Committee, Barton Mullins said she wasn’t on any committees specific to Fairview.

Quinby does not plan to join a committee.

He expressed his discontent with “the politics in Fairview right now.”

“It’s getting ridiculous,” he said.

In other changes, Councilor Steve Prom resigned from the Public Safety Advisory Committee, leaving Councilor Steve Owen, already on the committee, as the sole council liaison.

Weatherby shifted Councilor Dan Kreamier to the Budget Committee, but Kreamier also has declined the position.

According to the Fairview website, Kreamier continues to serve on the Economic Development Advisory Committee, while Councilor Tamie Arnold is council liaison for the Arts and Community Events Advisory Committee.



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